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around the world. pope benedict is retiring. something a pope hasn't done for nearly 600 years. the 85-year-old cites age.and fatigue. it's not what the cardinals called together today had expected to hear from their pope. benedict the 16th - saying he's just not up to the job anymore and is stepping down feb. 28th. the pope's brother says benedict actually made the decision nearly a year ago. after trips to mexico and cuba. he's nearly 86 and seems increasingly frail. still - a pope retiring is almost unheard of -- this is the last man to do it -- gregory the 12th - in 1415. benedict became pope in 2005.succeeding john paul the second. he may be worn down in part by controversy. almost from the start - he's been criticized for being part of the church hierarchy more worried about its reputation than the sexual abuse of children. as a german bishop in the 80's - he directly helped shield a priest who had abused children. and in 2001 - as a cardinal put in charge of dealing with the growing controversy - he wrote a letter ordering u.s. bishops - under pain of excommunication - to never
express surprise tonight after pope benedict 16th 's announcement he is stepping down -- benedict xvi's announcement that he is stepping down. >> reporter: the news came as a surprise to many people. catholics here tell us what they'd like to see a new leader bring to the church. pope benedict xvi made a stunning announcement this morning. the 85-year-old german born pope said fatigue is the reason he's stepping down. his papacy began in 2005. >> wow, this is big news. >> reporter: brother charles hilton teaches history at st. mary's college and says a sitting poem has not resigned in -- pope has not resigned in almost 600 years. >> what a beautiful gesture to say that his own strength is failing and rather than grasp power and hang onto it to the end he's going to let it go. >> reporter: during the nightly mass at st. mary's chapel the pope's announcement was on the minds of those attending services. some hope a new leader will allow the catholic church to reexamine its approach towards hot button issues such as abortion, same sex marriage and the role of women in the church. >> t
reports, there is already all kinds of debate. on the impact of pope benedict's surprising decision. >> people across the northeast are trying to get back to normal. after a massive blizzard bombarded the area friday. >> after having repeatedly examined my work with god i want to provide the best i can buy per retiring. >> after the church was facing declining popularity and scandals of sexual abuse. they have been under prosecution because of these items. >> we hope that he would use these last two weeks of his courage to really make some decisive action that would protect them. >> his predecessor will be decided after he steps down on the jury 28. >> the church, can trace the continuity all the way back to st. peter. we will see that this is a very articulate voice in that community. the retired pope will not be involved but he was briefed on that the decision making. he will likely retire with a reflective life on prayer and meditation in a monastery. emily schmidt, kron 4. >> pam: clean- up efforts are now underway. as residents dig out. and clean up neighborhoods which got buri
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